New Twitch Adventures 2020

Hi all! Long time no speak! I have to admit, I’ve not even thought about doing a blog post during lock down. Things have been hard for us all.

I just wanted to tell you guys I now occasioanlly stream video games! Check here for my recent stream (Saturday 4th July) of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order!

I’d love it if you could give me a follow and a watch! I’d love to get to be a Twitch Affiliate!

Are there any games you’d love me to play? I love it when people help me when playing them too, so don’t be afraid to comment during a stream! Leave a comment down below!

The Day Clive Russell Called Me a ‘Diva’ – St. Albans Comic Con, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? I have had an eventful weekend! Saturday I got a tattoo and yesterday I was at St. Alban’s inaugural Comic Convention! It’s amazing to have a convention on our doorstep, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to take a load of pictures and give you my honest opinion on what I thought of it. Spoiler alert – I loved it! Before I move on, I just want to give a big thank you to Paul, of Creed Conventions, for allowing me in as press, letting me talk to everyone and anyone there, take loads of pictures and being an overall great guy!
Anyway, without further ado – here’s my thoughts (and pictures – feat. some amazing cosplayers!) on St. Alban’s Comic Con!

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St Albans Comic Con! – St Albans Comic Con, Creed Conventions, 2018

All the stall owners were willing to have a chat with me, and let me take photos of their stock for my page. They were so lovely to chat to. I spoke to many of them about cosplaying, their favourite Harry Potter characters and even just how they were. I got given a free sticker of Yuri from Doki Doki Literature Simulator from Kira Hopcroft because she “likes to throw stickers at people.” Everyone’s work was amazing, and I brought myself some badges, phone charms and even a Star Wars top from The Zombie Survival School. The man running, (who’s name I never got, woops!), even let me hold a couple of his replica swords! My friend Luke, who manages Chaos City Comics and I’ve spoken about before (he designed my logo), told him that he shouldn’t let me play with that! I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t trust me or not! I’ll have to find that out myself later!
Everyone was so interested in finding out why I was taking photos and chatting to everyone. They all wanted to know about my blog. For instance, Hertfordshire Libraries was interested in finding out about my blog. They even said that they had seen my stuff around and were looking forward to seeing what I had written today. I’d love to keep in contact with them all – they had some great recommendations on their stall, including My Little Pony and Kick-Ass. They told me which library would be best for me to go to to get the Graphic Novels that I wanted, and it’s only down the road! You can bet that I’ll be there a lot!

I also met some lovely celebrities! During a chat with Amiee Richards, who played Marcella in Game of Thrones, I told her that it was sad that she died as she did. She smiled and shrugged at me before saying “It happens to everyone.”
In my slideshow you’ll see a picture of Clive Russell, who played Blackfish in Game of Thrones and Lord Lovat in Outlander, where he’s staring directly into the camera. Afterwards, I jokingly said to him “You look a little bored, are you alright?” He laughed and shook his head, protesting that he was just making sure he looked bored for the picture. He later called me a “Diva” when I was having my picture taken on the Star Throne. I am taking that as a massive compliment. I wished I had asked him which he liked filming more, Game of Thrones or Outlander, as I’m such a big fan of both. But he told me he hopes to be back next year, so fingers crossed I can remember to ask him then!
Hannah Spearitt, SClub and Primeval fame, and I had a lovely chat too. She was interested in finding out about my life, about why I was there as press taking photos. As I left I said it was nice to finally be able to talk to her and tell her that she’s been a big part of my life for many years. I was probably being an embarrassing fan girl at times, but she told me that it was lovely to be able to talk to and meet me. I hope to see her at another Comic Con soon, hopefully back at St. Albans.

I felt so welcomed and happy to be there. I loved every second of it!

Pictures below!

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A thank you from me, for taking time out of your day to talk to me – (In no particular order)

Dave Gibbons, Lee Bradley, Micheal Pasquale, Kira Hopcroft, Chaos City Comics, Luke Ridge, Sam Rogers, James from Subworks, The Zombie Survival School, CatCreations, Paul Johnson, Sophie West, David Leach, Herts Libraries, Tasha Cosplay UK, Anita Mensah, Clive Russell, Hannah Spearitt, Amiee Richardson, Rock Pop Candy, Creed Conventions… and everyone else who put time, money and effort into making the convention a great success. I hope to see you all next year.

[All photos are my own]

“Need anything?” “Equal rights?” – Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Sorry I wasn’t around last week, I was writing this post before I went to Serbia, but something came up and messed my whole week up! I completely forgot to finish! Luckily, it’s still in the cinema now, so this topic is still relevant! A couple weeks ago I said I went to the cinema, and it was to see Solo: A Star Wars Story! Long and short, I really liked it. But I shall tell you guys why! Let’s get into this review!

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Artwork for Solo featuring Han Solo, Qi’Ra, Lando and Chewie – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story a stand-alone installment set prior to the events of A New Hope, it explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who also meet a young Lando Calrissian, as they are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld.
It begins in Corellia, where Han originally grew up. Han and his lover Qi’Ra plan an escape off world. Obviously it all ends in disaster, it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie if it didn’t, but this is where the story starts.
This movie is where we meet, not only Han Solo, but Lando and Chewie for the first time. We understand how their relationships started – why Lando is so standoffish with Han, but also respects him. How Chewie and Han became friends. And how the Millenium Falcon came to be in Han’s shady but capable hands.

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The Millenium Falcon, alongside a tonne of other space junk – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

The women in this movie are amazing. My favourite robot was in this movie. L3-37 (yes, her names spells LEET, and yes I said her!) is a sassy, takes no prisoners kind of character. She 100% rules over Lando, and doesn’t let him take any kind of advantage of her. She’s absolutely amazing, and one of the main reasons to go see this film! She’s played by FleaBag (also known as Phoebe Waller-Bridge). I spent a long time trying to figure out who on earth she was just by the voice. I was shocked it was her. I know her from BBC3 tv shows and the occasional advert, so props to her for getting herself into Hollywood!
Qi’Ra is also amazing. She’s very straightforward and refuses to be taken for granted. Imagine Han Solo as we know him, but female and probably much more ruthless. Very much out to save herself, and doesn’t care (or tries not to care) about other people’s feelings. She’s incredible, and played amazingly by Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame.
I wasn’t very keen on the casting of Han but did really like the casting of Lando. Maybe Alden Ehrenreich just needed a movie to get into the role? Who knows. But there’s a whole character now resting on his shoulders!

 

I can’t recommend this movie more. It was up there with Rogue One (2016) for me. I don’t know if I’ve spoken about it before, but I’ve found the new movies (VII and VIII more so) to be awful and are pretty franchise ruin-y for me. The Star Wars stories have been really good so far. Hopefully they’ll not let Ryan Johnson touch them!

Have you seen the new Star Wars movie, Solo? What did you think? What was your favourite and least favourite part/person? What was your verdict on Alden Ehrenreich as Han or Donald Glover as Lando? Did they do a good depiction or not? Leave a comment down below! 

‘Only best buddies execute pedophiles together.’ – Deadpool 2

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your extra day of weekend! I sure did, which is why this review is out on a Tuesday and not a Monday! I have done a lot of walking, enjoying myself at my local county show, and then going to the cinema. My review of that movie next week. This week is my review of the movie I saw last weekend – Deadpool 2.
Without further ado, review incoming!

 

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Deadpool loves you. – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

Deadpool 2 is the 11th (yes 11th!) installment to the X Men franchise. The storyline for this movie is hilarious, and is as follows, I can’t describe it better than this:

 

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

I don’t know what I can say without giving spoilers so SPOILER WARNING FROM HERE ON OUT! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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The Creation of Deadpool – Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018

I loved this movie. Every second. Whilst some of the scenes felt a tad rushed (the Xforce bit especially). And sure some of the skits were played for laughs, but it works for a Deadpool movie – it’s meant to be stupid and funny. I actually think it was better than the original movie. This one felt better planned, the jokes were just as funny if not funnier, and there were more characters having to deal with Deadpool’s crap. I would be annoyed to have to deal with him all day too. Domino is a babe, and I love her a lot. She was amazing. Go Domino! Also go Cable, Negasonic, Yukio (Hi Wade! Hi Yukio!) and Firefist! Go team!
Much of the dialogue in Deadpool is ad libbed, which makes the movie funnier in my opinion. Ryan Reynolds has been seen saying that he had many different lines for each joke, and wasn’t burning any film so felt like he could just say lines until one stuck or felt right.
The death of Wade’s girlfriend, Vanessa, was very sad. But hey it’s been all retconned so never mind! (The end credits scenes were probably the best part of the film. Very funny)

The writing out of the X-men from being in the movie was hilarious. They just shut the door on helping him out. Purely ignoring his existence. Very funny. Also means they don’t have to pay lots of money for all of the X-Men for the whole of the film. His X-Men clothing was very funny, the yellow shirt over his uniform, and his call back to his X-Force clothing (white and black) was also very good.

I would really recommend people watch Deadpool 2. Especially if they’ve seen the first. Go watch it. It’s a good 2ish hours of your life.

[Header Image: Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox, 2018]

Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2018

Hello everyone! Long time no see! How are you guys? Sorry I’ve been away for a little! I have been sick and then I went on a week away – good place to recover if I don’t say so myself. Because I’ve been away and am just getting into the swing of things again I thought I’d give you guys an insight into the ‘Top 5 Movies’ I’m looking forward to watching (and perhaps reviewing) in 2018! Below each I’ll leave a trailer for you to enjoy!

Game Night

Game Night is brought to us by the same people that did Horrible Bosses. It’s about a group of friends who love to play games (yay!) and get invited to a night of games they won’t forget – a murder mystery. For one, I love the fact that they’re normalising gaming by using Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. As a gamer myself this makes me happy, as it’s no longer seen as the ‘nerdy’ thing to do. Two, it looks like a good mix of fun and drama! I love a good comedy, a romance and a bit of drama/action going on! It’s definitely one I will be watching!

Deadpool 2

This was an obvious one for my list. For one, the first Deadpool movie was one of the best Superhero (and X-Men) movies I have ever seen. Who wouldn’t love a movie that has a whole sex scene montage that includes ‘International Women’s Day’, with some strap-on action? It was funny and crazy, with some amazing fight scenes. I cannot wait to see the second one, with the inclusion of Cable (badass) and Domino (also a badass). I’m looking forward to more of the merc-with-the-mouth. Hopefully they keep up the jokes that Ryan Reynolds has done for the advertisements.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Another installment to our X-Men means I will be going to see it. Anyone that knows me knows that I love the X-Men; I have hair dyed like Rogue! I hope that they’re going to be better than previous X-Men movies, but I’m not as against them as a lot of people are. I love reading the X-Men comics, and the 90’s show is my all time favourite kids show (my ringtone is the theme song!). Though we only have a teaser out at the moment, it will be interesting to see what they do with the Dark Phoenix saga. It will be interesting to see how X-Men: New Mutants and this take on the franchise.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! 

I’m allowed one guilty pleasure on here. I loved the first movie… no, I love the first movie. I watch it whenever I feel a bit glum or want something on in the background (thank you Netflix!) I will be going to see this with my Mum; because everyone needs something to watch with their Mum, right? I will be singing along, but trying not to dance in the aisle!

The Incredibles 2

IT’S ABOUT TIME! HOW MANY YEARS HAS IT BEEN? 14??? I have been waiting for this movie since I completed the Gameboy Advance version of the original game, when I was about 10. I have been waiting too long for this movie. I am a bit worried that the movie theatre will be filled with screaming children – I pray for an adults only screening!
I feel sorry for Bob in these trailers – Helen has gone off to save the world and he’s been left to look after Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. As this is just after the last movie, Jack-Jack has only just got his powers. So learning to deal with them seems to be a struggle! He can’t eat cookies forever!

Are you looking forward to any of these movies? Like or hate the ones I’ve said I want to watch? Leave a comment down below! 

 

Seb’s Top 10 of 2017/2018

Hi guys, the Man on the Silver Mountain here once again, this time I’m throwing something your way that’s a little different from when I usually turn up to help out the Librarian. As I’m sure she’s told you she’s been busy and more than a little sick.
I offered to help and she suggested I do something a little different with you; a top ten. Apparently you guys like me showing up occasionally enough that she thought maybe you’d like to know what I’ve been watching and enjoying over the end of last year and beginning of this one.

To preface the list, I was originally thinking of kicking off with best five and worst five but whilst I had loads of things I’ve enjoyed the only negatives I could really produce were Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Trek: Discovery, two of my favourite franchises historically that have been let down by lack lustre recent additions in my opinion, as a result though this turned into a much more positive top ten, listed below in no particular order.

Black Mirror

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Black Mirror, Channel 4/Netflix, 2011 – Present

I’m sure a load of you have already been watching Black Mirror. It’s an anthology show in the same vein as the Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits from ages ago and that’s already a big plus in my book as I do love me some varied storytelling. More to the point though I like shows that have depth to them, either in terms of the subject matter they’re examining, subtext and secrets for fans to theorise on, or otherwise just a really solid plot to invest in; Black Mirror covers all three better than probably any other entry on this list purely thanks to its anthology format. Definitely worth a watch in my book if you haven’t already.

The Good Place

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The Good Place, NBC/Netflix, 2016 – Present

I love philosophy! I even considered heading to university as a mature student to study it. So when you’ve got a show like The Good Place, that pulls all of the philosophy I’ve enjoyed reading plus some more that I was only tangentially aware of, together as part of a hilarious and concrete plot it’s an instant win for me. Worth watching if you want to be entertained into learning something.

Librarian’s side note – Seb wouldn’t know about this one if I didn’t suggest one day we watch it. I’m so glad we did because we both love it to bits! Sometimes (!) I have good TV suggestions! 

Lucifer

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Lucifer, Fox/Amazon, 2016 – Present

I’m not at all religious but I find the various myths, legends and stories of religions fascinating, especially when re-worked intelligently into stories that use the resonant core of what made those religions so influential in their times, even up to the present in some cases, but can use that core to tell a different but no less engaging story. This is where Lucifer pops up on my radar, it’s smart, funny and balances the supernatural of the main character literally being the biblical Devil and the mundanity of the individuals he’s surrounded by. I especially enjoy this show for the thought that’s gone into considering angelic and demonic impressions of the universe; they know that there’s more beyond the mortal coil but they still have no real idea about what’s going on as God remains aloof and hidden even from them for the most part. Worth taking a look in my opinion if you want something light-hearted that may give you some stuff to think about afterwards.

My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia, Funimation, 2016 – Present 

Now, I’m not really a huge anime fan. I can’t really say whether it’s the art style, the differences between the culture I’ve grown up in and the culture of the creators of most anime, or if it’s just something completely nebulous that will remain forever undefined, but I’ve just found that most anime just doesn’t hold my attention all that well even if more traditionally Western cartoons and animations aren’t a problem for me to sit and binge through. My Hero Academia though kept me hooked from beginning of season one through to the end of season two easily. The characters have depth, the plot examines some really interesting questions like “What does it mean to be a real hero?” or “How would society cope if 80% of the population were superhuman?”, and the pacing of the show seemed really good (unlike old school Dragon Balls Z one fight doesn’t take half a season to conclude). If you’re into anime and haven’t gotten around to watching this yet, or if like me you aren’t an anime fan, I’d suggest checking out My Hero Academia as I feel it has something for almost anyone whilst not forgetting what it is.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America/Netflix, 2016 – Present

Ah, Douglas Adams, the man who famously wrote Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and who unfortunately passed away in May 2001, left us with more than just that one piece of well-known work. One particular piece was Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a tale about individuals granted with particular gifts by the universe for reasons no one can really understand. Enter Dirk Gently, one of these special individuals whose gift is to stumble through life solving problems whether he likes it or not. With a great cast including Elijah Wood and a very well-written and consistent script in spite it being written about the innately chaotic nature of the universe, my biggest complaint about this show was that there wasn’t more of it straight away. If you like Douglas Adams or otherwise just want something fun and quirky to watch this is what you’ve been waiting for.

The Expanse

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The Expanse, Syfy/Netflix, 2015 – Present

Who likes their really hard sci-fi? I do, and The Expanse is a great way to indulge my want for it. Set in our solar system a bit of a way into the future after humanity has colonised out as far as the asteroid belt, we follow three individuals as they traverse the difficult landscape of a solar system on the brink of collapse and chaos. I particularly how season one sees the characters we follow slowly find one another and how then the second season has a lot of fun with these well developed and fleshed out characters that we’ve been watching in isolation up until then. It tackles issues around class, political control, corporate interests vs those of the people and many others but does it in a way that’s neither particularly heavy handed nor so easy as to treat the viewer like a moron. If you like your more realistic zero-G scenes and like your solar system-spanning conspiracies this one’s for you.

Altered Carbon

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Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

I love the cyberpunk end of sci-fi. Blade Runner is in my top five movies alongside movies like Cloud Atlas as well that has its cyberpunk moments in it too. I’m excited for more news on Cyberpunk 2077 and apparently so are a lot of others too. I haven’t seen the new Blade Runner sequel yet something I NEED to do but just haven’t had the time to get around to it just yet. So whilst I wait for an opportune moment to find my way back to Blade Runner how best to fill my time that with another sci-fi/cyberpunk show that gives us a grim but potentially possible vision of the future where human bodies are interchangeable, death is no longer an issue and rich corporations and their owners basically run the galaxy? There isn’t one; that question was purely rhetorical. With a great cast, a great looking world, an AI run, Edgar Allan Poe themed hotel, lots of nudity, violence and dystopian future vibes this is one that anyone can find something to enjoy in whilst the engaging murder-mystery-with-a-twist unravels before you at a good pace whilst establishing the universe and setting up for season two easily.

 

Rick and Morty

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Rick and Morty, Adult Swim/Netflix/Comedy Central, 2013 – Present

I have no doubt that most of you have watched this, I know the Librarian has talked to you guys about Rick and Morty before too, but I couldn’t escape adding this one on here. Considering this started out as a weird, satirical rip-off of Back to the Future, kicking off with a lot of cheap and shocking gags that were perfectly delivered, this show’s grown after season three into a much more cohesive story but without losing much of what it gained from season one and two. I know some people didn’t like the lack of certainty in the show from season one and season two where things seemed a little disjointed due to the universe-hopping nature of the show but especially after some of the big reveals and events in season three, I’d recommend going back and sticking with season one and two to get to season three as it all starts to fit together a bit more interestingly now. Otherwise, if you’re already into the show I’m preaching to the choir.

Sense8

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Sense8, Netflix, 2015 – 2018

The show from the Wachowskis that Netflix cancelled due to costs and lack of engagement on its second season despite it being so good and wrapping up so many things from the first season. Set in the modern day with a very limited sci-fi element in terms of the sensates themselves (individuals who are psychically linked as a cluster, able to communicate and share experiences over any distance) this is a show that contains a collection of stories from many perspectives all elegantly intertwined around a main, conspiracy plot. Considering that after the backlash from the fans over the shows cancellation we’re going to be getting a feature-length episode to tie off the remaining story arcs from season two, now’s a great time to go and watch the first two seasons.

Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2017

The only movie on this list because I don’t usually find myself watching movies, I don’t tend to have time to dedicate up to three hours or so compared to an hour for an episode of a TV show. I had to include the most recent Thor on this list though because the Thor sub-franchise within the MCU has had a rough time. Thor was an origin story, it did its job but wasn’t anything particularly special. Thor: The Dark World was mostly connective tissue for both the Avengers movies and as something to play with on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV show for an episode or so. So with that said Thor needed some care and attention and he got it in spades from director Taika Waititi. Humourous throughout but still allowing for a plot built more around the vulnerabilities and humanity of the characters involved rather than the purely godly, super powerful nature of the characters AND still including all the connective tissue required for Avengers: Infinity War and beyond this movie was very well crafted. If you’re a fan of the MCU and haven’t seen this yet, aren’t really a fan of the MCU but want a superhero themed laugh, or if you’re somewhere in between I would recommend Thor: Ragnarok as a movie to have a fun couple of hours watching.

And that’s my list, I could go into honourable mentions but I think this list is long enough already. What are your opinions on the things I’ve been watching? Part of the fun of watching stuff like this is having a chat afterwards and I know your Librarian would love to know your thoughts.

In the meantime though if you’ve enjoyed going through the list, and maybe even watching some of my suggestions, I’d love to hear and if you’d like more from me find me on YouTube. Thanks for reading, I hope to hear from the Librarian if you guys enjoyed any of my suggestions.

What have you loved watching recently? Hated any of Seb’s picks? Loved each and every one? Leave a comment down below! 

‘Tell Gamonda to call me!’ – Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, 2017

Hello everyone! I’m back! I enjoyed my randomly gifted weekend off from our resident Man on the Silver Mountain. It gave me enough time to begin writing again! I’ve really enjoyed getting back to my stories. Oh – and to play a lot of video games… don’t judge me, okay?

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Our daring team! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

This weeks review is (almost) a sequel to my previous review about Telltale’s Batman. While not of the same branding, it’s almost Marvel’s answer to it. Firstly, I want to point out that – like Batman- this is Telltale’s Guardians, not the movies. All the characters are based on the comics, not the movies. And the movies aren’t mentioned. Remember, no movies here. Okay – now that’s been set straight, here we go!

Let’s get in the mood for it with some ELO, which just so happens to be the theme song for this game!

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Spaaaaaaaace! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

Anyway, back to the review! –
The plot centers on the Guardians finding an artifact of great power, the ability to bring people back from the dead. Each Guardian individually covets this power (for spoiler reasons). Some want to get rid of it completely some want to use it to bring back a loved one. I’ll let you play the game to know who wants what. But I can let you know that the Guardians must protect it from the malicious Kree Hala the Accuser who wants it for herself. The Kree were all killed out, and her ship is the last of their kind. She wants her son back. She wants her people back. It’s an understandable want. Except she’ll kill to get it.

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Gamora and Nebula look much more like their comic counterparts – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

The writing for this game was superb. I loved that it wasn’t even about the films; I was able to feel like I was playing each and everyone of the characters was fully rounded, even the secondary character arcs, and I felt sad at each death, maybe-death and even when things just didn’t work out properly for our characters.I loved every moment of this game. At certain points you get to see Peter’s Mum, go back inside his memories of her. It was incredibly sad watching her die, especially because you’re playing a 10 year old character at the time. Drax’s family was a crazy minefield, and I just want to hug him now. Rocket’s girlfriend Lylla was hella amazing, as was Gamora’s upbringing and even playing as Groot was so cool! I love Telltale storytelling, and there were points I wanted to laugh, points I wanted to cry. It was amazing. Seriously, give it a go.

Like Batman I will put my choices down below! SPOILERS AHEAD:

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Have you played Guardians of the Galaxy? Do you love or hate Telltale? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017]

‘You’re nothing. But not to me’ – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2018! Let’s hope that it’s better than 2017! I want this blog to be even bigger and better than last year; and I can’t wait for you all to join me on the rollercoaster ride of reviews!
I was going to make the first review of the new year as spoiler free as possible, and then I realised the topic. There’s no way I can go into this movie without getting into at least some spoilers. So without further ado – I welcome you into 2018 with my thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Our main cast – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the 2nd in a trilogy of new Star Wars movies, after Lucasfilm was acquired by (our new overlords) Disney. The plot follows Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of making the Resistance win, in the fight against the First Order. As someone that believes in the Empire (I know, shock horror! I blame the storyline of Star Wars: The Old Republic for that!) this obviously annoys me. I honestly spent most of the film wanting Rey to succumb to to the dark side – it honestly seems more fun on the dark side.

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I still think the porgs are the dark side manifested. I will not be proven wrong! – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

I have to be honest here. I thought it was a mediocre movie – along with a lot of the general populous it seems. I think this movie itself has shown that critics don’t know what people want from a film anymore.
The Luke in that film was not our Luke. What Luke do we know that just gives up? No Luke I knew ran away from a fight, except this Luke does? Very against his character.
I liked Rose Tico, she was probably the best character in the film for me, but she was incredibly underused as a character. Instead of giving her a real purpose they made her run off with Finn to Canto Bight. This went on for far too long, and just seemed to be there to put in celeb cameos. The character Warwick Davis played was by far the worst he’s even been.
I thought Poe was an arse throughout the whole of the thing. He overreacted to every moment, and didn’t respect the chain of command. He just seemed to have a temper tantrum for 2 and a half hours.

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Vulptex, they jingle as they run! – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

I also thought that it was like watching two seperate movies. Rey off doing her thing, Finn and the gang off doing their thing. It made the tension release cycle feel very weird for me; I didn’t know where or when we were when we flipped between the two.
I loved the Porgs, and felt bad when Chewie tried to eat one, and I also loved the Vulptex (crystal fox things). All of them were used for the story, which was good. They weren’t just put in for nothing. In fact, I liked all of the weird wildlife – even the odd green-milk-booby-seal-things.

Oh, and Kylo and Rey need to kiss already. I felt very much like a 3rd wheel the whole film.

I don’t think it should be taken out of the canon, that’s an overreaction for sure, but I wouldn’t put it up there as one of the best. I don’t think Rian Johnson should have been allowed to write and direct, I think that that’s a conflict of interest.

Catch the trailer down below!

What did you think of the Last Jedi? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017]

What I’m Watching at the Moment – Autumn 2017

Hi boys and girls, just a quick one today as I’m having some laptop issues, so I’m having to try out my new tablet – someone remind me to get IT to come help me!
I’m watching a whole load of different series at the moment, so I thought I would give you guys a (very) brief insight into my thoughts for them all. Autumn is the time for new shows to come out, so I am so excited to wrap up warm, turn on the (fake) fire and sit with a ‘Soya Chai Latte’ to watch Netflix/Amazon/Sky etc.

Outlander, Season 3

Droughtlander is over and we finally have new Outlander. I’m going to be completely honest with you guys, the first half of this season has been slow. I am not the biggest fan of Brianna, though I love Roger, and feel like 20 years was way too far ahead to jump. I know the book fans will chastise me for saying it but creative lisense is a thing they’ve used before, and I think it was a missed opportunity to use it here. Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan barely look a day over 30, so I don’t know how they’ll pull off them being in their 50s. I am also sad to see that Joe will no longer be in it, I thought he was a good character. Perhaps he can traverse the stones too.

Man in the High Castle, Season 2

I’m late to the party with this one, but I love Man in the High Castle. It’s an alt-history of WWII; What if Hitler had won the war? Season 1 ended with us finding out that the reality that Juliana etc. are from is not the “true reality” (our reality). It’s a real indepth look into History, and I really enjoy it. I am only one episode into Season 2, and really hope to finish it before Season 3 comes out, or I will be running from spoilers left, right and center!

Riverdale, Season 2

Holy crap, what an entrance! Finishing last season on the HUGE cliffhanger of ‘Will Fred Andrews make it?’, episode 1 of Riverdale Season 2 has not failed to deliver the goods. It’s still as dark as ever, Jughead still might become a Southside Serpent, Archie still might have a complete break down, and now there’s a mass murder on the loose? I’m so excited for what this Season brings us, and I am so happy that it came out way before a year – which is what happens with other shows usually – I just couldn’t wait that long! Plus… I needed my weekly fix of Cole Sprouse… Don’t judge me!

Star Trek: Discovery, Season 1

I am watching the new Star Trek as someone who watched little of the old ones; my excuse being I was too young when they came out, or they were way before my time. I have watched the Picard movies (Insurrection will always be my favourite) and I have also seen the new Star Treks by J.J. Abrams. I do feel like this is a step away from the usual Star Trek that we’re used to. I really like Jason Issacs, the big water bear and Slyvia Tilly but currently that’s about it.

The Gifted, Season 1

Oh Em Gee, this is amazing! I loved Logan, as seen in another review, and this is set in the same world (not 100% for sure on it, but it feels very much like the gritty Logan-verse.) I love Stephen Moyer, and have done since True Blood, when he played Vampire Bill! He plays a good protective character in TV shows. I am excited to see where this show goes, I love me a good X-Men anything, my ringtone is the 90s theme tune (Just like Eclipse in the show!)

That’s all I can think I’m watching (that’s interesting to you guys at any rate.) Perhaps I’ll make this a seasonally segment!

Have you seen any of these shows? What did you think of any of them – love or hate? I would love to know! Leave a comment down below!


‘Children want to read Fairy Tales. Adults want to read Superheroes’ – Superheroes Decoded,

I hope you enjoyed last weeks review from Man on the Silver Mountain! He’ll be back many times in the future, so look out for more posts from him!
In other news, I spent my time researching and came across Superheroes Decoded. It talks about the story of America and the history in conjuction with the Superhero story. From the 1930s to the blockbuster films of today, it details how they evolved to become a modern mythology – Superman equating to Hercules. The documentary includes film clips, vintage comic artwork and interviews with creators, experts and fans – including new creators such as Patty Jenkins, the director of 2017’s Wonder Woman, as well as George RR Martin or Neil Degrasse Tyson the scientist. They also have Stan Lee on, which is amazing because he literally wrote half of the Supers we know today!

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Even the Supers couldn’t get enough! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

This documentary is amazing. It goes into some of the immense detail of each superhero, linking them to the history of the time.
Our first superhero, Superman, became a run away hit for Action Comics (later DC). He’s first seen throwing a car over a cliff. He was the first superhero to have a television and radio show, his own merchandise – his popularity was through the roof. His origin story is a modern legend – everyone knows that Jor El sends his son to Earth to save his life.
Our next big superhero was Batman, a complete opposite from Superman. Not a symbol of hope but almost a symbol of darkness. “Bring me something like superman but not Superman” – Batman is a superhero with a dark side.
Our next big supers were during the 1940s, which were our favourite captain, Captain America. The attack on Pearl Harbour threw Cap into the forefront of World War II comics. He is created as a super soldier, but his super power existed way before the serum was injected into him. Wonder Woman was created in 1941, empowering women to fight against Nazis and enemy spies at home.
This episode was a real indepth look into how our supers were formed, and it was an amazing watch. I found out things I never thought I would have known!

 

Episode one talks about our love of Legends, the Superheroes that have stayed with us forever. Episode two however talks about those breaking the mould. Not every hero wears a cape! This story is about the outsiders that were made to redefine what it means to be a superhero – think Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy etc.

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1950’s comic history, here we come! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

For instance, the X-Men are one of our rebels. The foundation of the Xmen; “We’re different but the same as everybody else.” The Sentinels were supposed to be bigots – the X-Men theme of fighting prejudice was an allegory about society, about how blacks fought back against whites. There are two factions in the X-Men; Charles Xavier who believes that they can all get on and Magneto who believes that X-Men are better than humans. This story is the story of the relationship between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X – King wanted an integrated society whereas Malcolm X wanted to keep fighting against society. Storm became the first female and black leader of a team, made to subvert the idea that only white men could be leaders. Jean Grey, no longer the token female, was changed into the super powered woman she was today – the woman we know as Phoenix. She has to be one of my favourite characters, her struggle for power, a woman that eats stars, versus her strive to do good.  The heroes and antiheroes of the X-Men really helped bring everyone together!
This brings us to The Falcon – Stan Lee wrote this to change the stereotypical idea about blacks and whites. He was significant, he was there to show that blacks and whites can and should work together. According to the documentary, he was made just after the Civil Rights act, the bringing together of people.
And what about Luke Cage? The man with the most amazing fashion sense and the best catch phrase “Sweet Christmas!” Cage’s origin is a man treated unfairly, going to jail for something he never did.

If there’s one thing I recommend you do, it’s watch Superheroes Decoded because if I explained EVERY SINGLE THING I wouldn’t have enough time to write everything! Catch it online or repeated on the History channel!

Catch the scene about the sexualisation of women in the ’90s below!

 

Did you see Superheroes Decoded? What was your thoughts – love the history or don’t really care? What was your favourite fact? Leave a comment below!

[Header Image: Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017]